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OSP Baker City Trooper Receives "Looking Beyond Ticket Award"
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Steve D. Vitolo
ODOT Transportation Safety Division
(503) 986-4446

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An Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division trooper from the Baker City office received Oregon Department of Transportation Safety Division's "Looking Beyond the Traffic Ticket" award Wednesday during the 2010 Oregon Transportation Safety Conference (OTSC) held in Salem. The award was one of three to Oregon police officers in the "Routine Traffic Stop" award category.
"The goal of the program, open to all Oregon law enforcement agencies, is to recognize those law enforcement officers who actively enforce traffic laws and are committed to traffic safety. In addition to recognizing the officer, it demonstrates the correlation between aggressive and alert traffic enforcement and the detection and apprehension of criminal violators," said Steve Vitolo from ODOT's Transportation Safety Division.
Senior Trooper Brad Duncan was recognized for a January 2, 2010 traffic stop east of Baker City on Interstate 84 eastbound near milepost 315 after seeing a juvenile female passenger not using safety restraints. The 19-year old male driver from Kuna, Idaho was also seen making several lane changes without signaling prior to the stop.
Duncan contacted the two vehicle occupants, including the unrestrained juvenile female who had no identification and couldn't remember her parent's phone number. She initially gave a false name before admitting her true identity and that she was a runaway from southwest Washington. Further questioning of the 14-year old girl led to her revealing there was a second 14-year old runaway girl from Longview, Washington in a hidden compartment inside the pickup.
Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of the second runaway girl when troopers lifted up the bench seat in the rear passenger compartment area. The hidden girl was identified as the driver's girlfriend and both admitted to concealing themselves in the hidden compartment for a brief period after they ran away. Both girls were detained and turned over to the Department of Human Services for return to their relatives.
The driver was arrested and later pled guilty to two counts of Custodial Interference in the First Degree.
Duncan, age 38, is an 11-year OSP veteran.
The other two awards in this category were presented to Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Robby Nashif and Beaverton Police Officer Matt Henderson. Thirteen other Oregon Transportation Safety Awards were given to others recognizing their leadership in traffic safe.
Questions regarding the OTSC awards can be directed to Steve D. Vitolo, Program Manager -Traffic Law Enforcement and Judicial Programs, ODOT Transportation Safety Division, at (503) 986-4446.